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AP-MBON furthers the development of marine biodiversity science in the Asia – Pacific region, as a sub-group of the MBON and Asia-Pacific BON networks of GEO BON. Its Secretariat is hosted at GODAC in JAMSTEC and can be contacted to: j-obis_jam@jamstec.go.jp. To join, please sign up to GEO BON here, and then select AP-MBON as your group of interest.

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The geographic scope of AP-MBON extends from pole to pole through Asia and the western Pacific, including the Pacific islands and the Indian Ocean. It includes the deepest ocean trenches, and the Coral Triangle, the highest density of marine species on Earth, as well as the highest densities of human populations.

AP-MBON activities focus on networking researchers in the region, encouraging staff and student exchanges between laboratories, and fostering a community of practice in marine biodiversity monitoring. We welcome specialist subgroups, such as focusing on particular ecosystems (e.g., coral reefs), biomes (e.g., seagrass), habitats, taxa (e.g., seaweeds), and thematic topics (e.g., invasive and threatened species, marine reserves). Our vision is to enable reporting of trends in marine biodiversity from local to regional scales to better inform society of the state of biodiversity and how to benefit from and conserve it.

BON Co-Leads

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Masahiro NakaokaHokkaido University, Akkeshi Marine Station

I am studying community ecology in coastal ecosystems, specially focusing on seagrass beds in East and Southeast Asian regions. I am also interested in ecosystem service assessment of these habitats.
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Takehisa YamakitaJapan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology

I am working to predict marine biodiversity and ecosystem services national or Regional scale to support conservation policy. Impact assessment of disaster and development is also my duty.

BON Statistics

Realm studied
Earth Observation approach
Gender Balance

25%
Male

50%
Female

Geographic Zone studied
Geographic zone studied in detail

8 BON Members

AP-MBON
First name Last name Institute Country or Region Realm studied Earth Observation Working Group Observation Network
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Takehisa YamakitaJapan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology

I am working to predict marine biodiversity and ecosystem services national or Regional scale to support conservation policy. Impact assessment of disaster and development is also my duty.
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Masahiro NakaokaHokkaido University, Akkeshi Marine Station

I am studying community ecology in coastal ecosystems, specially focusing on seagrass beds in East and Southeast Asian regions. I am also interested in ecosystem service assessment of these habitats.
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T. E. Angela QuirosHokkaido University, Akkeshi Marine Station

My research interests lie in the ecology of nearshore marine environments (seagrass, coral, mangroves), terrestrial and marine protection, small scale fisheries and women’s role in those fisheries.
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Aileen Tan Shau HwaiCentre for Marine and Coastal Studies (CEMACS), Universiti Sains Malaysia

Country or Region: Malaysia
Realm studied: Marine
Earth Observation Approach:
Geographic zone studied:
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Cherrie TehUniversiti Sains Malaysia

Country or Region: Malaysia
Realm studied: Marine
Earth Observation Approach: N.A.
Geographic zone studied: Pacific Ocean, South China Sea, Sulu-sulawesi & Straits of Malacca
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Frederic Bonoul'Institut de Recherches Halieutiques et Océanologiques du Bénin (IRHOB)

I am physical Oceanographer researcher, with emphasis in CO2 cycle, Ocean Acidification, climate changes.
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Jonatha GiddensNational Geographic Society Exploration Technology Lab

I am a Fellow with National Geographic Society Exploration Technology Lab conducting deep-ocean biodiversity research using an autonomous benthic lander camera system; the Deep-Ocean Dropcam.
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Wei YangChiba University

Country or Region: Japan
Realm studied:
Earth Observation Approach: Remote Sensing, In Situ
Geographic zone studied: Global